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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Apr 26, 2011 12:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dylan Submits to Censorship in China

It is absolutely his job to resist censorship of his own work. I would argue that this is his most important job. I don't care if he makes political statements about Chinese dissidents or not. It would be nice if he did, but he's certainly not under any obligation to do so. But the core issue here is that he (allegedly) let the Chinese censor his work - his art. No self-respecting artist should ever submit to censorship. I wonder, if he'd actually made a stink about it, how many of you would be applauding his principled stand.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Apr 26, 2011 12:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dylan Submits to Censorship in China

I'd be applauding if he had, but at the same time, I can understand his inclination to want to play in China and for Chinese fans even though he had to do so subject to some unsettling restrictions. That said, kudos to Bjork for how she handled herself when she performed over there.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: May 13, 2011 8:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dylan Comments on China shows
May 13
To my fans and followers
Allow me to clarify a couple of things about this so-called China controversy which has been going on for over a year. First of all, we were never denied permission to play in China. This was all drummed up by a Chinese promoter who was trying to get me to come there after playing Japan and Korea. My guess is that the guy printed up tickets and made promises to certain groups without any agreements being made. We had no intention of playing China at that time, and when it didn't happen most likely the promoter had to save face by issuing statements that the Chinese Ministry had refused permission for me to play there to get himself off the hook. If anybody had bothered to check with the Chinese authorities, it would have been clear that the Chinese authorities were unaware of the whole thing.

We did go there this year under a different promoter. According to Mojo magazine the concerts were attended mostly by ex-pats and there were a lot of empty seats. Not true. If anybody wants to check with any of the concert-goers they will see that it was mostly Chinese young people that came. Very few ex-pats if any. The ex-pats were mostly in Hong Kong not Beijing. Out of 13,000 seats we sold about 12,000 of them, and the rest of the tickets were given away to orphanages. The Chinese press did tout me as a sixties icon, however, and posted my picture all over the place with Joan Baez, Che Guevara, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. The concert attendees probably wouldn't have known about any of those people. Regardless, they responded enthusiastically to the songs on my last 4 or 5 records. Ask anyone who was there. They were young and my feeling was that they wouldn't have known my early songs anyway.

As far as censorship goes, the Chinese government had asked for the names of the songs that I would be playing. There's no logical answer to that, so we sent them the set lists from the previous 3 months. If there were any songs, verses or lines censored, nobody ever told me about it and we played all the songs that we intended to play.

Everybody knows by now that there's a gazillion books on me either out or coming out in the near future. So I'm encouraging anybody who's ever met me, heard me or even seen me, to get in on the action and scribble their own book. You never know, somebody might have a great book in them.

[just read Chronicles: Volume 1 - GREAT book.]